Patience a virtue for Reece James as he lands corner duties for Doncaster Rovers
Reece James admits it has been a case of patiently waiting to be handed corner taking duties for Doncaster Rovers.
And the full back is determined to show Rovers what they have been missing over the first few months of his career at the club.
Rovers have scored from James-delivered corners in their last two fixtures, justifying the decision to hand him the responsibility in recent weeks.
But the 26-year-old is determined to extend his run of assists from set piece delivery.
“I’d like to chip in with more goals and more assists but I think I’ve just got to keep pushing for that over the season,” he said.
“It’s nice to get onto corners.
“I’ve done it in the past but it’s been nice in the last couple of games to be trusted out there.
“But when you’ve got someone like James Coppinger that normally takes them it’s a hard task to get them off him.”
As well as on corner kick duty, James is looking to continue improving his all round performances after making a strong start to life at the Keepmoat.
And a big part of that for him is getting the balance right between the desire to push forward and the need for defensive cover.
“It’s been okay but I think there is still room for improvement,” he said.
“Like anyone, you always want to make sure that you can do better than what you’ve done.
“I love getting forward.
“It’s been tough in certain games recently when you’ve got to be a little bit more defensive, especially when you play against teams that can try to pen you back.
“I felt MK Dons tried to do that the other week.
“On Saturday it felt good to try to get back forward.
“It’s a big part of my game, getting forward and put as many crosses in as I can and try to help the team score goals.”
James was taken off for the final five minutes of Saturday’s defeat at AFC Wimbledon as Darren Moore switched to a back three.
That substitution ended his record as an ever-present in the league this season.